The South Nation Conservation Authority (SNC) reported that the low water condition for three areas of the watershed has changed from Level 2 to Level 1. Those areas include the Lower South Nation, Bear Brook, and Castor River subwatersheds, which cover Russell Township, The Nation Municipality, Casselman, Clarence-Rockland, and Alfred-Plantagenet Township.
Level 1 status means minor low-water conditions in the affected areas. Residents are asked to reduce their water use by 10 per cent to help maintain sufficient water in local hydrant and water storage systems to support emergency fire control efforts when needed.
Level 2 status continues for the Upper South Nation subwatershed area. That means residents should avoid nonessential water use like washing vehicles, and also limit their lawn watering. All homeowners should observe local water conservation measures.
The SNC has an online survey at www.nation.on.ca at its website to collect information from local farmers on how this year’s dry weather conditions have affected their operations and help the SNC with development funding for drought support programs.